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Healing your mind, one stitch at a time « madwhimsy

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So crochet, with its seemingly exact instructions, could tell me step by step how to make something without my needing to flex a creative muscle that had all-but atrophied from lack of use.

crochet for mental health

Healing your mind, one stitch at a time « madwhimsy

I’ve mentioned it a couple of times, but my other passion besides running is crochet.  When I was working at the clinic that sucked the life out of me & left me empty (but I’m not bitter), I began to crochet & it was great therapy.  It was so relaxing & I could come home in the evening & crochet while watching TV, & totally not think about work for a couple of hours.

I always stick to simple designs because I don’t want anything so complicated I can’t lose myself in the stitches because I have to spend too much time concentrating on the pattern & I often just make up my own pattern as I go along.  Currently I am trying to get motivated to make an Ewok for my niece.  She requested not just an Ewok, but specifically one with a red cloak.  I love people who know what they want & aren’t afraid of asking for it; especially when they’re a 7yo girl who also insists that I bring it to her at her house along with my new pet rabbit.

Velveeta C. Babbs
She was a rescue bunny.

When I saw this article come across my Pinterest feed, where I have numerous boards dedicated to crochet patterns, techniques, & accouterments, & I decided to share a little about my other love.

If something is so wrong with you that you, as a naturally creative individual, cannot think up something if your life depended on it (and sometimes you don’t care that you can’t, which is even worse), crochet gives you a hundred accomplishments in an inch-sized piece.  In an inch you have the achievement of lots of of consistent stitches, of creating a recognizable shape, of making something out of string and thin air, and of having something tangible in front of you – THAT YOU MADE.  Then you notice you start caring again and begin looking for your next project, and soon after that your creative spark turns into an uncontrolled bonfire.

Not to mention you get to call yourself a hooker & talk about your balls, & it’s completely not a dirty or illegal thing.  SCORE!

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Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

2 thoughts on “Healing your mind, one stitch at a time « madwhimsy

  1. This is HILARIOUS: “Not to mention you get to call yourself a hooker & talk about your balls, & it’s completely not a dirty or illegal thing. SCORE!”

    I’m so quoting you next time I write about crochet.

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